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The Nativity heralds the welcome and work of Christmas
Just two months ago, I was privileged to attend the birth of my fifth grandchild … well, more honestly, I almost attended the birth. More ...
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Minding the moments

Have you ever looked at photos from a memorable event and thought, "Oh, no. I blinked!"

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
'A combo burger of absolute hilarity and joy'
I blame Jesuit Father Greg Boyle for the fact that people sitting around me on an airplane a few years ago suspected I might be nuts. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Playing loose with the truth
It can be quite disheartening to watch the news these days. Our world is full of hatred, bigotry, racism, and over-stimulated greed and ego. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Rambling Spirit Column: Shroud of Turin sheds light on historical facts of Christianity
The streets of Manhattan had a rigorous ambiance that Monday evening. People were rushing home from work, robustly conversing on their cell phones in expensive suits, loading trucks and delivering food on bikes. More ...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Reticence and secrecy as virtue
In all healthy people there’s a natural reticence about revealing too much of themselves and a concomitant need to keep certain things secret. More ...
Monday, December 11, 2017
Vocational discernment and anxiety
"The purpose of vocational discernment is to find out how to transform (our choices), in the light of faith into steps toward the fullness of joy to which everyone is called." More ...
Monday, December 11, 2017
Why wait? How Advent changes us
Wait, they said. Good news will come. More ...
Friday, December 8, 2017
Christmas growing up on a farm in New Mexico
When my five brothers and I were growing up on a farm in northern New Mexico during the Great Depression, we did not believe in Santa Claus. Our parents never asked us to hang stockings on Christmas night. More ...
Friday, December 8, 2017
Are we distracted receivers?
As we prepare for Christmas, I am sure many readers have had the experience of thoughtfully selecting a gift for a child and laboriously tracking down the item. More ...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Playing loose with the truth
It can be quite disheartening to watch the news these days. More ...
Sunday, December 3, 2017
The art of giving, the challenge of Advent
Oprah Winfrey sings and claps when presented with the $69 lunch box that makes her 2017 “Favorite Things” list. More ...
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Winter's dark days
On the Great Plains, we had a gorgeous fall. More ...
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Advent's call to wait in joyful hope
The holiday season is upon us once again! That means we’ll soon be buying gifts, decorating the tree, and maybe attending a Christmas party or two. More ...
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
In difficult times, Advent reveals the reason to celebrate Christmas
Here we are at the start of Advent, and many of us are already saturated with Christmas. More ...
Monday, November 27, 2017
Realizing how close God is to us
There’s a growing body of literature today that chronicles the experience of persons who were clinically dead for a period of time (minutes or hours) and were medically resuscitated and brought back to life.  More ...
Monday, November 27, 2017
Searches beyond Google's capabilities
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal noted the upswing in the work of reference librarians who are receiving more calls from curious seekers who either can't find what they are searching for on Google or just prefer to search for information with the help of another human being. More ...
Friday, November 24, 2017
Join the revolution of tenderness
TED is a media organization that posts online talks under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” Earlier this year Pope Francis surprised the world by digitally giving his own TED Talk at the organization’s annual conference in Vancouver. More ...
Friday, November 24, 2017
No baby but still giving thanks
Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers. More ...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017



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